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Grateful Dead Live at Manor Downs on 1981-07-04

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Grateful Dead Live at Manor Downs on 1981-07-04

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Peggy-O, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Loser, Little Red Rooster, Tennessee Jed-> Minglewood Blues, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Feel Like A Stranger, Bird Song-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Manor Downs
Location Austin, TX

Source Soundboard and Audience composite
Lineage SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> ZA2 -> SHN; Patch Notes:(FOB) Nakamichi 700 -> Cassette Master -> Cassette -> Dat (Sony D8) ->CD
Transferred by Joe Samaritano & Charlie Miller


Recording Info:
SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> ZA2 -> SHN
(Transfered By Joe Samaritano)

Patch Notes:
(FOB) Nakamichi 700 -> Cassette Master -> Cassette -> Dat (Sony D8) ->
CD (Tascam CDRW700) -> EAC -> SHN (Transfered By Charlie Miller)
Patch provides Tenn Jed > Minglewood, China > Rider, Sugar Mags, Saturday Night

-- I'm pretty sure that the SBD portion of the show is Cass Master -> Cass.
-- The AUD patch is an upgrade to the aud that currently circulates.
-- The Disc 2 -> Disc 3 transition is seemless.

Patched and Edited By Charlie Miller


Reviewer: Diggitydawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2011
Subject: Vintatge weirdness
T for Texas, T for the 4th of July. Classic Weir
Reviewer: GeorgeHansonLLP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2010
Subject: If you like a Mack Daddy, check this one out!
This show smokes, and the quality of the recording is just off the hook. I had several friends at this show and oh what I'd give to have been there myself. This is foot stomping good ol' grateful dead at their very best!!!

ENJOY YO'SEF!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2009
Subject: Thank You
This was the first Grateful Dead show I went to. It is incredibly cool to be able to hear it in such great fidelity. I love the mix too. I went out after this show and bought every album they had out at the time-- which was way too little. In fact, I still do to this day-- all the Dick's Picks, all the stuff by the individual members, etc. But, being able to hear this show as clean as this is a dream come true.

Joe Samaritano and Charlie Miller--I'd love to buy you guys a drink, or a dozen drinks, sometime. Thanks for doing this.
Reviewer: sbrew - favoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: bad show for the most part
The first set has some moments, but, honestly the rest is just not that good. Some moments of hope but in the end, it's phoned in. I'm sure that it was fun being there, but there are so many much better shows.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2009
Subject: Classic Blob Weird
I cheered and jumped and danced after Weir blows the "Leaving Texas, 4th Day of July" line IN Texas ON the 4th day of July!!! How many lines of blow it took to accomplish that, we will never know.... Too much!! Try not to laugh your ass off after you just got warm and fuzzy to this classic blooper.....Most excellent show and recording (unless you are one of those type-A personality freakers.)
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2008
Subject: my first review
Have to say that they were never bad @ Manor Downs. This show rules others though. Happy New Years!
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2007
Subject: Best enjoyed with NL#5 or NL#1
A Smokin' Show from start to finish
a Bird Song for the ages
This type of show has me come back for an addtional listen again and again 25+ years later.
better then a fine wine
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2007
Subject: Solid show, better than the Audience recording
There’s something about the Dead and holidays. Like a lot of New Years Eves, this Independence Day show produced two good sets, with sharp jams and good vocals, particularly Bob. The first set starts with some nice Jerry moves on Jack Straw and Me and My Uncle. Loser has some nice playing, but Jerry is a bit shaky vocally. The first set finishes strong with a cooking Minglewood an outstanding China cat, sharp and tight with smoking jams. The transition into I Know You Rider is a show highlight.

Momentum continues into the second set with Stranger and a nice Bird Song jam. The free-form Playing in the Band evolves into some interesting places, reminding one of the early ‘70s. The Dead do some of their best work during transitions, and the transition between Space and Not Fade Away is in find Dead tradition. NFA itself boogies and is tight.

You should stop listening after the rockin’ Sugar Magnolia. Bob loses it on One More Saturday Night.

I don’t know how anyone could rate this a 2: the only performance that is sub-par is Saturday Night. Overall, the show is about a 4.5, but I round up for the top-notch China Cat->IKYR jam and other highlights.

This recording is superior to the audience version. The audience is good, but if you compare the two side-by-side, you can hear that this has more depth, more midrange, and a better balance.
Reviewer: brski - favoritefavorite - April 19, 2007
Subject: Still workin this one out
Strange territory this one. Seems to be happening very fast like they just want to be outta there. Some great stuff but..Jack Straw one of the best, but from then on in it just has a very unsettling feeling. Im sure there's gold in this one but I cant find it just yet. And if there was ever going to be a cracker Minglewood this shoulda been the show. i think Im going to bail on this one.
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2006
Subject: Not impressed
with the soundboard/aud composite. There are several others that sound much better. For instance, check out Cornell Barton Hall 5/8/77, the matrix version simply is the best live recording I have ever heard.
Reviewer: Chuck Mason - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: Turkey Drumsticks
Long line of cars to get in. Hot. Fireworks. Jack Straw. 20' from stage some big fella in shorts and cowboy boots, drunk, standing on a little kitchen step yelling, "New Mexico!", fell over. Barbeques turkey drumsticks being sold on the perimeter of the infield (barbeque is the best thing Texas has to offer).
I have an old cassette tape of the show I rec'd from KUT back when. This is much better/easier. It sounds great on my Mac w/ Cambridge Soundworks speakers and sub.
Reviewer: Texas CAD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2005
Subject: Austin 1981 - July 4th
I was living in Austin, TX in 1981 - I went with a couple of buddies of mine who came from San Diego (Tom and Doug). The reason that the second set was so short is because during the Band Break, they fired off boatloads of fireworks - just as the band came back on stage, the wind shifted and blew all of the smoke across the stage - the band was having a hard time singing and they were rubbing their eyes - thus they cut the set a bit short. We had a hard time seeing the band also - at least I think it was the smoke---anyway the show was very good...
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2005
Subject: second set
very good first set, but the second set is interesting. Not a ton of songs and unusual placement of tunes might make one wonder about the quality but man they are on. One of the most intertesting stranger's I have heard and the playing in the band is spectacular. really like this show.
check it out
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: T for Texas
I drove from New York to see this show. Something about the Grateful Dead in Texas on the 4th of July! Of course, everyone knew they would open with Jack Straw. Blazing fast and very hot! The temp that day was high 90's. Outdoors in the late afternoon sun. This tape is nice quality. Killer Peggy-o. Awesome Birdsong! Funky Not Fade Away. The only compaint that night was a rather short second set. The following night in Oaklahoma City was even hotter.
Reviewer: TERRAPINCANE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2004
Subject: Second set!!!
This show gets five stars from me just for the second set...Bird Song, Playin', Space>NFA, and Wharf Rat are all simply awesome...
Sound quality is superb as is the performance...shows like these really show you the fantastic interplay between Brent and Jer....
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